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Chirurgia 2016 December;29(6):217-20

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Minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of spinal infection: a case report and review of the literature

Luiz H. SANDON 1, 2, Gun CHOI 2, Eun S. PARK 2

1 Department of Neurosurgery, São Paulo University Hospital, São Paulo, Brazil; 2 Department of Spine Surgery, Pohang Wooridul Hospital, Gyeongbuk, South Korea


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Postoperative infections in spinal cord surgeries are rare but increasing globally. Diagnosis can be difficult due to unspecific clinical signs and laboratory findings. We describe the case of a 73-year-old man who presented 6 months post-surgery with lumbar spine arthrodesis and signs suggestive of spondylodiscitis, confirmed with imaging techniques; considering the patient’s general clinical condition and comorbidities, we used a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose and treat the infection caused by a rare organism (Candida parapsilosis). We further discuss minimally invasive surgery as a new tool for treating classical spine pathologies and resolving complications and increasingly complex cases.

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